Smith, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
Subject: Hurricane Katrina Recovery – Update #49
Posted: August 17, 2007
The contractor who is
remodeling the MEB cafeteria is completing all
construction items this weekend except for the
custom built-in cabinets and installation of new
custom furniture. LSUHSC Facility Services intends to relocate
tables and chairs being used in Seminar Rooms 4 and
5 to the cafeteria on Sunday. Starting after the conclusion of lunch
service on Friday, August 17th Seminar Rooms 4 and 5
will be cleaned and returned to their normal
The renovated cafeteria will be
open for breakfast/lunch service commencing at 7:00
AM on Monday, August 20, 2007. Hours of operation will remain 7:00 am to
3:00 pm for the next several weeks until all the
final touches are complete. Expect to see continued improvements such as
custom furniture, cabinetry and all new tables and
Once all work is complete and the new furniture is
installed, it will be open from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday through Friday for food service and remain
open 24/7 as a student lounge/study area. Look for the grand opening in September.
FEMA has completed their
initial review of three Section 406 Hazard
Mitigation design concepts that were submitted for
the Allied Health/Nursing Building, the Residence
Hall, and the Resource Center. The architects have been asked to move
forward with the more detailed Design/Development
proposals for each building and they plan to deliver
these in September. Once the internal reviews of these
submissions are completed, they will be forwarded to
FEMA for the final review and approval.
All of the work necessary to
allow the State Fire Marshal to inspect the
Dental School for re-occupancy is
substantially complete. LSUHSC Facilities staff members have begun
making their own tests of critical systems in
preparation for the Fire Marshal’s visit, which will
be scheduled for late next week. The final environmental remediation and duct
cleaning at the
Dental School is complete. All of the ceiling grid and tile has been
installed on the upper floors of both the Clinic and Administration Buildings. The Central Sterilization project is
proceeding on schedule. Work on the repairs to the exterior parking
lot lighting and parking lot controls is on schedule
and should be completed by the end of next week.
Bids were received for the
ceiling work to be done on the 1st floor of the
Clinic Building and an award is
Work is well underway to construct some temporary
work space for the Facility Services staff, the
Supply Chain Management staff, and the
Dental School’s Central Supply
function and progressing rapidly.
Temporary repairs continue to
be made at 1542 Tulane Ave. The final stages of work to restore power to
the remaining portions of the building are nearing
completion. Power has been restored to the L'M parking
lot guard house. The replacement of the flood damaged and
obsolete fire alarm system is progressing well. The temporary emergency generator is on site
and a change order has been proposed for the
construction of a foundation on which it can be
The air compressor system that is required by the
building system controls is being replaced.
to the building hot water heaters are nearing
are moving forward on a three additional elevators
in the building.
Here are highlights of work
that has been accomplished since our last update was
posted two weeks ago.
Project to Make Temporary
Repairs to the Dental School:
The final environmental remediation and duct
cleaning contract is substantially complete.
- Air handlers 6A, 8A,
8C and 3B in the
Administration Building have passed
the viable sampling tests and have been
The project to upgrade the network
infrastructure is substantially complete.
The testing of all the new network cable
installed in the Clinic Building has been
The testing of all the new network cable
installed in the Administration Building has
The construction of the new network/telecom
closets is nearing completion.
- There is still
some electrical, lighting and HVAC work
to be completed in the new
- The contractor has
not received the doors yet.
Firetrol is turning the sprinkler heads in
the new network/telecom closets due to the
fact that ceilings will not be installed in
The contract to replace the ceiling tiles and
grid in the upper floors of the Clinic and
Administration Building is complete.
- The architects
prepared a punch list for this project and
provided it to the contractor.
- The contractor has
completed the punch list.
- The contract to restore
the Central Sterilization function in the 3rd
floor location in the Clinic Building space is in place and the
work is well underway.
- The wall framing is
- The drywall
installation is complete and the walls are
taped and joint compound has been applied.
- Fixtures, outlets and
utilities have been roughed in.
- The door frames and
doors have been installed.
- The painting of the
walls in the Central Sterilization area is
- The ceiling grid has
- New ductwork is connected and the
installation of the diffusers has been
- The ceiling tiles have been installed.
repairs to the exterior site lighting and the
electrical work necessary to power the parking
lot controls are continuing.
- Approximately one half of the light poles
and fixtures have been delivered and are
remainder will be delivered and installed by
the end of next week.
door hardware for the replacement doors and
frames needed for the 1st floors has
been delivered and the installation is complete.
- Carpet and floor tile is
being installed on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Administration Building.
- The installation of
carpet in the Library is complete
- The 2nd floor carpet
and floor tile installation is nearing
Tile has been laid in the 2nd floor
Administration Building hallway near the
The 4th floor Auditorium C is being prepped
for the carpet installation and the
re-carpeting of Auditorium C has begun.
order proposal to replace a number of HVAC
inline dampers in the buildings has been
received and approved.
LSUHSC had a limited number of dampers on
site and several of the dampers have been
of the old dampers have been found to be
sealed with tape that contains asbestos. A small contract has been issued for
the removal of the asbestos tape so that the
remainder of the old dampers can be removed.
- The rest of the dampers are on order and are
expected any day.
order proposal to make repairs to the compressed
air line running through the utility tunnel from
the Power Plant to the
Clinic Building and the
related equipment has been received and
Work is underway on these repairs and should be
completed by early next week.
- Representatives of the
roof testing company completed their analysis
and provided the results to the architects.
- The test results and
the architects’ recommendation to replace
the roofs on the Clinic and
Administration Building have been
forwarded to FEMA for their consideration.
- The architects are
nearing completion of the construction and
bid documents for this work. They are scheduled to be delivered
early next week.
- If FEMA concurs with
the recommendation to replace the roofs,
bids for the project can be advertised.
Schindler Elevator has been working on
completing repairs to the three passenger
elevators in the Administration Building.
- Work on the Change Order
to create temporary work spaces for Supply Chain
Management, Facility Services and Central Supply
on the 1st floor of the Clinic Building
- Electricians are on
site and started work.
- The rough in for
the new lights, electrical outlets, etc.
is substantially complete.
- Temporary walls have
been extended to the ceiling.
- Demolition of old duct
work, electrical wiring, etc. is complete.
- Temporary lighting has
- The air handling units
have been disconnected and moved to their
temporary locations and connections have
- The sanding of the
terrazzo floor in the public areas of the
1st floor has begun in preparation for the
A number of water isolation valves have been
installed throughout the Dental School
The installation of a domestic water booster
pump and a vacuum breaker completed.
- The curbing at the base of
the stairs near the pay parking lot has been
- Other walking surfaces
are being repaired as needed.
- The Dental School
fire pump system was successfully tested and was
"green tagged" in preparation for the inspection
by the State Fire Marshal.
- The emergency
generator was successfully tested.
Project to Make Temporary
Repairs to 1542 Tulane Ave.:
- Ordes Electric installed
the electrical panel covers for sub-panels
PLL-4, PLL-6, ' PLL-7 which power the rear
section (oldest) of the building.
- Ordes completed the
installation of panel covers for electrical
panels PLL-4, PLL-6, ' PLL-7.
- Ordes began preparing
substation PL-1 for the installation of the
current transformer and meter.
- Ordes installed the
new fuses for the 2nd leg of the 4th floor
- Ordes Electrical is
installing the disconnects for the
- Ordes has running conduit
to the guard shack for the L'M Bldg parking lot.
- The electrical power
has been connected to the guard shack.
- The lights and air
conditioning have been energized.
- Ordes is making
preparations for the installation of the
temporary emergency generator.
- Siemens is still removing
the obsolete fire alarm devices and the related
wiring on the upper floors of the building.
- All of the obsolete
fire alarm devices on Floors 1 through 8.
- They have completed
the installation of the new fire alarm
cabinet in the control room.
- New fire alarm panels
are being installed in the 1st floor
- Cable is being pulled
to the new panels.
- Stratos continues their
repair work on Elevator #2; installing the
safeties, new rollers, guides, and the header
for the cab doors.
- They have installed
the cab door operator and the cab doors.
- The governor sheave
and cables have been installed.
- The travel cables have
- The telephone line for
Elevator #2 has been run to the elevator
- Stratos is also working on
the installation of the controllers for
Elevators #7 and #8, installing new conduit and
- Arc Mechanical delivered
some additional piping material to the site and
continues to fabricate the piping for the hot
water heaters in the basement.
- Arc Mechanical
installed the piping connections and
assemblies (which include the valves and
actuators) for the hot water heaters.
- The hot water heater
installation is nearing completion.
Downtown Campus Landscaping
- Crews completed the
installation of irrigation valve wiring on the S. Roman St. and the Perdido St.
sides of MEB.
- The crews completed the
installation the 2 inch irrigation main on the S. Roman St. side of the MEB and
side to the corner with Bolivar St.
- Crews installed irrigation
valves on the
S. Roman St.
sides of the MEB.
- Valve boxes were installed
S. Roman St.
side of the Allied Health/Nursing Building.
- The last of the trenches
needed on the
side and the
side of the MEB were finished.
- Work crews completed
digging trenches for the installation of
irrigation wires and the 2 inch main water pipe
to the Gravier St. side of the Allied
- They continued sealing
around the new pipe and electrical wires at
the ends of the sleeves installed under the
sidewalks on the S. Roman St. and Perdido St. sides of the MEB.
- Crews completed the
installation of the short sleeves on the Bolivar St. and Gravier St. sides of the MEB and the
Allied Health/Nursing Building.
- Crews continued digging
and preparing the trenches along the
Bolivar St. side of
the MEB and the Allied Health/Nursing Building
where the irrigation control wire will be
MEB Cafeteria Project:
- The dry wall has been
installed and the joints floated and sanded.
- The installation of the
ceiling material has been completed.
- The ceiling light fixtures
have been installed.
- The sanding and finishing
of the terrazzo flooring is finished.
- The new air handling unit
serving the dining area and the serving line was
successfully started up.
CSRB 1st Floor Vivarium:
- Arc Mechanical completed
the process of extending the piping in
preparation for elevating the Animal Care
MEB Duct Cleaning:
- The 4th floor cleaning is
- The 3rd floor cleaning is
- The 2nd floor cleaning is
- The cleaning has begun on
the 5th floor.
- One of the initiatives to
enhance the security of the campus is to improve
on the exterior lighting. A project is underway to replace all of
the old lights in the Roman St. Garage with new
lights that are both brighter and more energy
- The result will be
brighter light throughout the parking
garage, without any increase in energy
- Lights have been
replaced on the majority of the 4th, 5th and
6th floors of the garage.
- The crew began
working at the top of the structure and
they are working their way down.
- Parking Lot #2:
The contractors have installed three new
light poles and fixtures in the parking lot.
We encourage you to follow the
details of our progress through the daily updates
which are posted on the web site.